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Todor Vlaev
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👨🏻‍💻 Deep generalist · 💾 Software engineering manager · 🐶🐶 Dog dad · 🎮 Gamer
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@ner3y Words of wisdom.

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📓 Summer’s had a slow start for me. By now I’m afraid it willl accelerate exponentially and poof it’s gone. Trying to be mindful about this but can’t just force myself into a leisurely mood. Today is a lovely day though 🌞

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📓 As is tradition - my second Micro.blog cake day post 🎂 Just a random photo from Monday when we moved to a new home. Bernie’s “TV” was upgraded significantly.

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@Munish Yup, but also professional, unoffensive, politically correct laugh 😂

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💻 I work for a big company, but today I heard a person “laugh in corporate” and this caught me off guard. Laughed in nerd on the inside and moved on. 🤓

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@codinghorror Nudity, especially because of sauna, has an interesting place in Finnish culture. I think these opening minutes reflect this as well, despite the horror setting. He emerges from a lake, too.

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@humdrum Oh no, literally the only way Disney+ gets my money.

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@jonikorpi This can’t hold a candle to the MS Teams overlay when sharing your screen.

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@andycarolan Pick it up by Monday at the said location… OR ELSE!

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@help Thanks, you are spot on! When the ”@” is removed replies show but otherwise not. Now I understand the logic, though it still messes with my head when I see out of context replies in the timeline.

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💾 Many exciting and deeply technical news from WWDC… But you know what simple usability improvement I’m excited about - native window tiling in Sequoia, with keyboard shortcuts. We’ve suffered for so long. Rectangle did wonders but it had its hiccups.

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@help Seems the “Shows posts but no replies” setting doesn’t apply to federated replies. I.e. I see replies from federated conversations in my timeline. Is this a known limitation?

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@jdm The same idea crossed my mind recently. Playing the devil’s advocate - people without children have higher disposable income than otherwise - this could compensate unpaid leave. Also from societal perspective, investing for the care of future task payers has higher return. That said, I do believe there is a strong point to consider here and improve on, as demographics are changing.

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The beauty of a more diverse and expanded EU 🇪🇺 is that it smooths the distribution in the parliament away from the extremes.

Well said and yet I’m concerned we are approaching a tipping point. The exact same “inertia” that is helping now would make turning around harder…

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📓 Helsinki has nature even close to the heart of the city. As I’m enjoying one such oasis, what is not seen in a photo is noise pollution. You can always hear the monotonous grind of the roads. I wonder if we’ll ever solve this problem in the future.

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📓Had to make several difficult decisions during the past week. Needed to lean more on my analitical self than my heart. I just have to trust that the time for pursuing one of my dreams had simply not come. It felt very close. Playing the long game.

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💾 There is more to artificial general intelligence, and my own human intelligence, than putting the most likely word in front of the other. Yes, it’s a reductive comment.

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💾 Reminder to self: don't buy cheapo SD cards microblog.todor.cc
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@pixel We can at least TRIM them 😀

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@jtr And the opposite - unobtrusively placed subtle ads working on a subconscious level would be borderline unethical. I can imagine some product placement to be basically considered realism - like a character wearing Nikes. And still I feel the road down that path is grim.

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📓 Didn’t drink coffee ☕️ during the past week… until today 😵‍💫

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@Gabz Time for a Steam Deck / ROG Ally? 😉

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🎮 💻 On Xbox closing down several studios microblog.todor.cc
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@AndyNicolaides Ouch! Hope it gets sorted asap! I have 4070 myself and I’m quite happy with it, especially after fully embracing DLSS so I can also push the ray tracing in more demanding games.

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@AndyNicolaides What are you upgrading to? :)

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📓 Gotta love this era of quality TV based on video games. Fallout is just great. 👍 Had my doubts after the first episode but as I finish the season, I look forward to another one.

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@JohnPhilpin Feedbin has integration with Micro.blog. Posting and, if I'm not wrong, replying. IIRC, though, one couldn't easily navigate to the full conversation and this bugged me a lot. Unfortunately, I understand all this takes extra effort from developers to create and maintain.

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@JohnPhilpin I'm not familiar with OPML - does it support similar concept as folders, i.e. the grouping? If yes, there is still hope!

As to better sync and having a "hub" - I get you. For the longest time I used Feedbin, but ultimately decided to make Readwise my hub. Lack of feed folders kept me on the edge for a year, but the official sync with Obsidian is what converted me.

Btw, first impressions from the folders feature are good! Many views I had were automatically converted to folders. However, a few that had fancier queries such as "published__after" remained as views.

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💾 Readwise Reader has a new feature of note. I’ve been looking forward to it so much, that I’m almost a bit anxious to check it out. Posting this and heading over to the web app.

📁 RSS Folders on Web – You can now organize your RSS feeds into folders and pin individual feeds to the left sidebar resulting in a more traditional feed reading experience.

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📓 Woo, excited for the new comics book from War and Peas creators: Once Upon a Workday! Eagerly waiting for my copy as of today.

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@manton Congrats! I think we are now at the tipping point of accelerating Intel’s phase out, as the 2019 (-20?) models start to show their age. At least this is my subjective experience with my work MBP.

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💾 There is some friction for me entering text in my Obsidian notes across devices. I’m dialling back to basics to see if I’ve overcomplicated it myself.

  • No line numbers
  • No vim mode
  • No Live Preview

In the process, I’ll also lean in the macOS built-in shortcuts for editing and navigating text.

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@todor Result of the experiment - GFN still damn impressive. But my network connection (over 4G) in addition to being not too fast is also not stable enough even if I set my bar low.

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🎮 First day of the season at our (rural) cottage. Trying to figure out if Geforce Now will surprise me even at low bandwidth with low expectations. Using the free tier for testing: “Gamers ahead of you: 186”. 🧘 Meanwhile my Steam Deck OLED fever is raging but I’m resisting (so far)😅

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@bjhess wow, loved this device! It’s 3rd gen though 🤓

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@jsonbecker Perhaps check out Yousician. No first-hand experience, but matches the description.

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@jtr Yes, great point, I’m also curious if it can make some significant turnaround. Both gameplay- and reputation-wise. It’s very weird - I’m not crazy about it, not at all, but I still come back to it. Time will tell!

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@pixel Makes you appreciate the innovation multiple unit selection is, though. Good memories.

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🎮 Massive list of fixes with Starfield’s March update. Almost too long, makes me wonder why they didn’t release at least part of them in February. At least one bug I was suffering from frequently is gone. Good stuff.

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📓 There’s a correlation between my dogs barking in their sleep and them spotting a rabbit on our evening walk. 🐶🐇

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@adamprocter Our lizard brain is running too old firmware.

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🎮 Giving Starfield another go and it’s been growing on me. There is something about letting me ease in all its systems at my own pace. It has issues but at this point I can’t accept blatant thrashing of the game or Bethesda. Starfield gives you space to get into it and enjoy it. Pun intended. 🚀

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💾 While there is disappointment about platforms striking training data deals with AI vendors, I think we see the writing on the wall. If companies don’t make such agreements, AI will be trained on public data anyway as it’s been so far. At least formal deals work against the fair use defense.

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📓💬 A quote often attributed to Niels Bohr or Yogi Berra:

It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

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📓 For a while now, the cringy face thumbnails on Youtube ▶️ have the opposite effect on me to what the authors aim for - views. Even when creators that I like and follow do it. It’s so infantilizing… like a mass game of peekaboo. Ugh. 😑

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📓 I value The Economist as a publication but their subscription cancellation process uses several dark patterns. 🙅🏻‍♂️ For example, they offer you a discount for renewal (could be nice but still) and just now I had to chat with a person to cancel (who tried to offer me discounts).

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💾 Conversed a bit with ChatGPT about GPU rendering pipelines. Now that I’m testing Pro, figured I’d ask it to generate a diagram as well. DALL-E has a different “brain”. Welp, I guess it makes for a nice T-shirt design… from afar.

AI-generated diagram of a GPU rendering pipeline showing complete gibberish of connected boxes and misspelled text.
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🍿 Bullet Train 🚅 is the right kind of silly I needed today.

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📓 When I ask for a shopping list from my partner, invariably there is 1 “impossible” ingredient. It’s either not available in every store, it’s sold out, or it requires next level treasure hunting skills to find the right isle. Either way - one does not simply get everything on the list. 👌